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Papanasam Movie review
Papanasam is the Tamil remake of Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam. Starring Kamal Haasan and Gautami in the lead roles, director Jeethu Joseph has retained the core from its original Malayalam version. The film also features Asha Sarath, Anant Mahadevan, Kalabhavan Mani and Niveda Thomas playing pivotal roles in the film. The village based family drama is released by Wide Angle Creations and Raj Kumar Theatres. The music for the film is composed by M. Ghibran.
The film revolves around the life of an ordinary middle aged man, played by Kamal Haasan who has a very happy family life in the village of Papanasam. Kamal is a cable TV operator who has an innocent wife Gautami and two daughters, played by Niveda and Esther. Though Kamal is not educated, he has very good knowledge about everything, which he has gained through watching films. Kamal spends as little money as possible on himself, to ensure that his family stays happy. However, the family's happiness is disturbed when his teenage daughter Niveda becomes the victim of cellphone misusers. That's when the film brings out the importance of a father-daughter relationship. From here, the family drama turns into to a suspense thriller, bringing the audience to the edge of their seats.
As usual Kamal Haasan steals the show, with his inimitable and outstanding performance. His adaptability to the Tirunelveli accent and his face full of emotions has attracted the audience yet again. The actor has once more proved himself to be a great performer. His performance is on par with Mohanlal's performance in the original version. His powerful eyes express the emotions of a father, who wants to save his family from danger. The actor's emotional performance at the climax leaves tears in the eyes of the audience.
The film truly sets the comeback of yesteryear actress Gautami. The actress has beautifully played the role of an ordinary village home maker, whom anyone can relate to. Her onscreen chemistry with Kamal Haasan has worked out well, just like her off screen chemistry with the actor. Niveda, who plays a challenging role in the film, with lot of emotions has done justice to it. And little Esther has also impressed the audience with her innocence. Kalabhavan Mani's aggressive and cruel role of an antagonist, has grabbed the attention of the viewers. The actor's extremely violent scenes against Kamal Haasan are quite disturbing even. Meanwhile, Asha sarath's role as a powerful IPS officer and an equally worried mother has impressed the audiences.
Coming to the technical side, director Jeethu Joseph has delivered the film successfully with a thrilling screenplay. The director has done justice to the remake, without compromising on its originality. The minor changes from the original version has made the film more appealing to the Tamil audience which is appreciable. M. Ghibran's music and background score has enhanced the mood of the film and boosted the essence of suspense in the film. Sujith Vaassudev's amazing cinematography has covered the scenic beauty of the village. Despite being a lengthy movie, editor Ayoob Khan has successfully maintained the pace of the film.
On the whole Papanasam is one of the best ever Tamil remakes of a Malayalam film, making it a must watch for its gripping screenplay and wonderful performances, especially Kamal Haasan.